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Movies and TV shows are Certified Fresh with a steady Tomatometer of 75% or higher after a set amount of reviews (80 for wide-release movies, 40 for limited-release movies, 20 for TV shows), including 5 reviews from Top Critics.
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Harold & Kumar Escape from Guantánamo Bay, a loosely strung-together collection of sex, race, and stoner jokes, is, by any rational standard, a terrible movie, yet I kept laughing at it, and I came out of the theatre in a good mood.
The film is carried by its charismatic stars, John Cho as Harold and Kal Penn as Kumar. Kumar plays Laurel to Harold's Hardy, continually getting the pair into messes. Cho is a marvel at displaying exasperation, his face contorting into a frown.
Offers a mix of nasty toilet jokes and sex gags, but the gratuitous nudity (male and female) and crazy cannabis-ness are there to serve a greater good: to mock social and political hypocrisy, a culture steeped in prejudice and pretense.
The film is far from an intelligent commentary on America's race relations...but at a time when race is at the forefront of the American discussion, it presents the topic in a way at which we can laugh.
Harold & Kumar Escape From Guantanamo Bay embraces America's capacity for decency and kindness. The possibility that we could actually be that great country isn't just a pipe dream. Only sometimes you need a pipe to truly believe in it.